Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

A Novel

Kuhn, William M.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories-- the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. When her royal attendants discovers she is missing, they set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0062219928
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,22 cm


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Sep 10, 2014
  • Basileus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was fun to see the Queen interact with "commoners" who don't know who she is. The various Palace characters who chase after her are a likable bunch, if not fully fleshed out. It's a good book and should be enjoyable to fans of the Royal Family.

Jul 05, 2014
  • kufrogs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mrs Queen Takes the Train. by William Kuhn. A very cute story about Queen Elizabeth who one day decides to take an adventure on her own which causes much worry and chaos within her private circle.

Jan 28, 2014
  • karminaat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable read! This imagined version of such a public person as the Queen makes me think about the hidden depths of all those celebrities that we never see, the little day to day thoughts and failings which make them more human and approachable.
I found the author's style extremely enjoyable to read and engrossing, with all the details clicking seamlessly into place to bring the story to a graceful close without falling for the pittrap of the happily ever after. This is only an episode in the character's lives, and they'll continue to evolve after the story is finished. Overall 5 out of 5!

Nov 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book - a mix of a true story and some light-hearted fiction.
A good read!

Oct 10, 2013
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My cousin suggested I read this before a trip to Edinbirgh and London.What a funny book ! And it made my adventure more fun when I was in the U.K.Hard to explain that the Queen's wave was used on a wee ferry ride in Scotland,when I was not sure that I had made the right travel choice.

Aug 25, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Left with mixed feelings about this book. The droll British humour attempted by the author fell flat most of the time. The book tried to be cute, but often missed the mark and was just silly. The characters didn't really engage me, except for The Queen, and even that wasn't really well done at times. The pictures were really kind of pointless and didn't make sense at all. All in all, an odd little book.

Jul 30, 2013
  • Céline_Biblio rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. It is well structured and developped. Contains good character contrasts as well.
At the beginning we are introduced to a Queeen who is a bit depressed, uncomfortable, and unsettled. She - as well as all those involved in searching for the missing Queen - go through an individual journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The novel is punctuated with much humour. Those familiar with the practice of yoga with appreciate the novel's structure, the author having divided his work with yoga pose names highlighting the characters' journeys, from Warrior Two through Savasana.

May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This fictional Queen Elizabeth closely resembles Alan Bennett’s portrayal of her in The Uncommon Reader—intelligent and well-meaning, she is a whizz at small talk and asking the right questions to draw people out, but not so good at mastering her computer or overcoming self-doubt and depression. Feeling “not quite herself,” she wanders from the palace grounds and decides to cheer herself up by visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Various members of her staff tag along to ensure her safe and quiet return, satisfactory relationships developing en route. Great fun! True Brit!

Mar 20, 2013

Read this if you're an Anglophile. The backstage bits about The Queen & her servants ring true. Was not convinced by what eventually happened to William, though.

Mar 11, 2013
  • cardigramma rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very amusing fiction about Queen Elizabeth II.

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